Cooking Classics: Southern Squash Casserole

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The Technique

Yellow Squash Casserole

Although seasonally it doesn’t quite add it up, you’d better believe many Southerns expect the iconic yellow or crookneck squash casserole on the bountiful table. Step aside acorn, butternut & spaghetti because the summer yellow squash variety stars front & center in this southern holiday favorite. The wonderful thing about traditions is that they are yours to make & keep. When I was is grade school, a friend of mine invited me to their Thanksgiving feast. I remember it vividly because it was miles different from ours. A fully decked Christmas tree stood tall in the corner of the room lit with bold, flashy color & a cornucopia of autumn potluck favorites lay before us. The feast was proudly displayed on 3 {8-foot} card tables topped with dime store paper tablecloths splashed with bright red bows, green garland & gold lattice. Seasonally confused? You better believe it. Some were presented on paper plates with holly accents but all of the dishes were “styled” for the eyes in their own unique way beckoning you to choose them to add to your plate of goodies. After all, compliments were at stake. The one dish that had me stop & hold up the line was the tongue. First of all, whose tongue was it. And secondly, what was it doing on the table pray tell? But in retrospect, what I learned is that it didn’t really matter. My friend said his step dad always expected tongue on Thanksgiving so there it was. Your family may celebrate with ribs, potato salad & deviled eggs with an obligatory turkey & dressing thrown into the mix or a finale of chocolate cake instead of pumpkin pie. I think that’s pretty fabulous. Whatever your traditions may be, own them. And just enjoy each other.

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Rebecca GordonClassic Squash Casserole
makes 12 servings

Toss the crackers that will be used for the topping in a few tablespoons of melted butter for a richer, more golden topping, if desired.

3 1/4 lbs yellow squash, sliced
2 medium sweet onions, diced
1 Tbsp plus 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/4 cups buttery cracker crumbs, divided
8-oz sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Bring the squash, the onions & 1 tablespoon of salt with water to cover to a boil with in a Dutch oven over Medium-High heat. Reduce the heat to Medium & cook for 20 minutes with the lid partially covering the pot or until the squash is tender. Drain in a colander & let stand 10 minutes. Press as much of the liquid from the squash & onions as you can. Gently tossel the vegetables around in the colander so the mixture continues to cool to prevent the eggs from cooking.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the vegetables back into the Dutch oven. Stir in the butter, 1/2 cup cracker crumbs, the cheese, the sour cream, the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt & the pepper. Fold in the eggs until well blended. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch casserole dish. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until hot & bubbly all over. Add the remaining 3/4 cups of cracker crumbs to the top of the casserole. Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the crumbs are crisp & golden.

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How To Make Southern Squash Casserole

Crookneck or yellow squash has long been a favorite southern vegetable in the summer months. It thrives in drier, hot climates & grows well beyond the traditional seasonal time frame in Florida. The first cold snap indicates that last of this prized vegetable until the next summer.

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We are a casserole peoples particularly when entertaining large crowds around the holidays. Squash casserole has long been a southern favorite during the summer months when the vegetable is at its peak but having it make an appearance during sweater weather is something to savor. Shop early so you will have enough to prepare the recipe as local markets order just enough to squeak through the holiday rush. Because I’m not kidding. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

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The Raw Squash Preparation

Use a vegetable brush to swipe away any dirt & rinse the squash under cool water in a colander. Cut the squash in thick slices for a more flavorful bite. It will hold up better during the cooking process. Although Cheddar cheese, sour cream & butter make an appearance, the squash should shine in the dish. Fill the Dutch oven with tap water to just cover the vegetables. Add the salt & bring it to a boil. Cook the squash & onions about 20 minutes or so until they’re tender but not mushy. The color of the squash will cast a deep, rich yellow color after cooking.

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The Cracker Crumbs

While the squash is cooking, prepare the crackers that will be used in the the casserole & for the topping. One sleeve of ritzy crackers equals 1 1/4 cups of crumbs but by all means know that several varieties work well in the recipe. I prefer multigrain crackers for their texture & the slightly sweet undertones. Place the crackers in a gallon-size storage bag & crush with a rolling pin for the crumbs. Toss the crackers that will be used for the topping in a few tablespoons of melted butter for a richer, more golden topping, if desired.

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The Cooked Squash Preparation

Once the squash & onions have been cooked, it’s important to remove as much liquid from them as possible. If not, the flavor & texture will be compromised. Drain them in a colander & allow them to stand 10 minutes. Press as much of the liquid from the squash & onions as you can. Gently tossel the vegetables around in the colander so the mixture continues to cool to prevent the eggs from cooking once they are added. Fold together the ingredients in a large bowl just until everything is combined using a rubber spatula– that’s the beauty of a simple casserole. The key point to know is that you should over mix the ingredients for the lightest, fluffiest texture.

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The Divvy

Bakeware can be scarce when getting ready to feed a crowd. Whether you prefer foil pans or ceramic vessels, casseroles lend themselves to settle in just fine into whatever you decide to bake them in. Divide the mixture between 2 smaller casserole dishes if you would like to. Two 8-inch pans or several smaller gratin dishes would be fine. Bake on half sheet pans for easy depositing & retrieval from the oven. Adjust the bake time & temperature. If the depth is smaller cook them for less time. Use the baking temperature & times as your guide.

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The Make Ahead Instructions

Nothing quite beats the ease of sliding a casserole, or several, into the oven without a second thought. Preparing casseroles for the freezer makes feeding large crowds easy & makes entertaining effortless leaving your valuable focus on other tasks closer to the gathering. The key to remember when planning meals is that there should be a well balanced menu of ultra fresh recipes to balance a humble casserole & those items may need your attention just before serving. 

The Freezing

Prepare the recipe as directed. Do not bake. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap. Freeze up to one month. Thaw the casserole in the refrigerator over night. Let stand 30 minutes on the counter top before baking as directed.

The Refrigerating

Prepare the casserole as directed. Do not bake. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to two days ahead of time. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator. Let stand on the countertop for 30 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap. Bake the casserole as directed until crisp on the top & heated through. Use the time as a guide, adding 5 to 10 minutes of bake time, if necessary.

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The Baking

Once the casserole is hot in the center or a thermometer registers 180 degrees, pull the casserole out of the oven & add the cracker crumb topping. Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or so until the crumbs are crisp & golden. Use baking times in recipes as guides. Our oven models are different so it may be ready for you on the low end of the range. Take into consideration other items that may need to be baked or warmed durning meal prep. It may take a touch longer to bake if other items are in the oven as well.  

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